March Cabin Fever Series at the Rochester Hills Museum

Rochester Hills Museum at Van Hoosen Farm Presents March Cabin Fever Series

Fridays in March, 7:00 p.m.

Members Free; Non-Members $5

Pre-register via PayPal at, by emailing or by calling 248-656-4663.

March 1: It all Began with a Glint and a Glimmer Presented by Debbie Remer

Old photo of an all male labor force holding hand tools

It all Began with a Glint and a Glimmer

Following the discovery of gold in California in 1848, thousands of people headed west to make their fortunes. A good number of those were from Michigan, with several from Stony Creek, including Joshua Van Hoosen. Join Debbie Remer to learn about their travels to and from California, what they encountered once they arrived and the effect that this discovery had right here at home.

March 8: The Saginaw Trail from Native American Path to Woodward Avenue presented by Leslie Pielack

Photo of Leslie Pielack wearing glasses and holding her hand to her chin

The Saginaw Trail from Native American Path to Woodward Avenue

The Saginaw Trail led from the frontier town of Detroit into the wilderness, weaving through towering trees and swamps to distant Native American Villages. Presenting a forbidding landscape that was also a settler’s paradise, the road promised great riches in natural resources like lumber and agriculture, and a future of wheeled vehicles that would make Michigan the center of global industry. Author and director of the Birmingham Museum, Leslie Pielack tells the story of the ancient path that transformed early Michigan and of the people whose lives intertwined with the iconic road.

March 15: The Chautauqua Movement presented by Jim Craft

Old photo of women gathering during the progessive movement

The Chautauqua Movement

The Chautauqua Movement originated in New York in 1874 as a two-week encampment for Sunday school teachers. Emphasizing Protestantism, education, recreation, and the arts, Chautauqua communities spread throughout the country – even into Michigan – bringing culture to thousands and shaping the political debates of the Progressive Era, including women’s suffrage, trust-busting, and child labor. Join author, Jim Craft, as he shares the history of the Chautauqua Movement.

March 22: Michigan Copper Mining:  Black Powder Era presented by Jim Cassell

Jim Cassell displays turn of the century items such as an oil lamp and iron

Michigan Copper Mining – Black Powder Era

Collector of History, Jim Cassell, returns to share a his amazing collection of tools used during the 19th and early 20th centuries to mine copper in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. Copper mining was first done by Native Americans in the Keweenaw Peninsula between 5000 and 1200 BCE. Shortly after Michigan’s statehood, mining companies were established and boomed from 1850 through 1881 producing 3/4 of the nation’s copper. Jim will amaze you with his collection and knowledge.

March 29: Nature Getaways presented by Ron Rademacher

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Nature Getaways

Author, adventurer, and storyteller, Ron Rademacher, will inspire you to explore the back roads of Michigan with this program that takes you on some of the most overlooked nature areas in our state. Each of these beautiful natural areas has easily accessible trails, usually less than a mile long, and you do not need to be a mountain climber to enjoy them. He shares all of the local attractions near each area and plans great trips for your enjoyment.

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